"The Monarch Bridge: A Story of Lasting Connections”
Speaker/Guide: Lori Stralow Harris
Butterfly farmer and Art-in-Nature Educator
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
Lori recounts a quick series of mistakes and blunders just before the monarch migration. But it all led to lasting friendships and awesome gifts of hope. Immerse yourself in this heartwarming story of people motivated to help the monarchs and receiving rewarding gifts beyond their expectations.
Lori Harris opened Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2013 to provide her community with more opportunities for backyard nature encounters. Her BFA in painting and MA in interdisciplinary arts have contributed to the farm’s art-in-nature curriculum. In 2015 Lori planted butterfly habitat in a local retirement community and began the popular adopt-a-caterpillar program among seniors. Lori belongs to the Association for Butterflies, and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Her first book, Butterfly Birthday, was released in 2017 with great response from the Monarch conservation community (and the preschoolers in her Montessori classroom). Lori lives in Western Springs, IL with her husband, Mark.
BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!